A loan of $1,425 helped to buy pants, shirts, blouses and food.

Fanny Lastenia's story

Every 15 days the members of Grupo de Credito get together on San Eduardo street across from Santa Ana in the city of Portoviejo, known since colonial times as the Ciudad de Los Reales Tamarindos. Fanny, a 46 year old woman who is married with three children who are 24, 16 and 14 years old, lives in this place. Her two youngest children are in high school, but all three of them still live at home. Her husband is a driver.

With the goal of earning something of her own, allowing her to help her husband and improve the home, Fanny began selling all types of clothing, shoes and food products from her home. She sells door to door and also from her home where she has a small shop from which she sells food and products like her customers want. She works every day, allowing her customers a credit that they pay off every 15 days. She has been working like this for five years and it has been going very well. With this loan, she will buy blouses, shirts and food to stock her business. She has been in the Grupo de Credito for four cycles and she likes it because the loans arrive quickly and there are few restrictions. Her dream is to one day own a large store.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Cassie Castillo

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